Things Mom & Dad taught me in the 1950’s

Posted: October 19, 2013 in Nostalgia
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Photo from the 1950’s ‘Father Knows Best’ sitcom starring Robert Young and Jane Wyatt

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."
3. My father taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!"
4. My father taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that’s why."
5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me."
6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."
7. My father taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about."
8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."
9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"
10. My mother taught me about STAMINA .
"You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone."
11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!"
13. My father taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.."
14.. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION .
"Stop acting like your father!"
15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do."
16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."
17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it from your father when you get home!"
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way."
19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?"
20. My father taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me."
21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT .
"If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up."
22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You’re just like your father."
23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS.
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were
born in a barn?"
24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.

25. My father taught me about JUSTICE ."One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you !"

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  1. Bill Whitney says:

    Ha, ha! Funny, but true!! Out of these 25, my parents repeated all but a couple. And then some …
    Thanks for making my day!

    • atridim says:

      Hi Bill,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Those things we heard…which we didn’t like to hear in those days…turned out to be great advice…advice most of our kids today do not have the benefit of hearing. That is a shame.
      Captain Rick

      • Staci says:

        Those are funny Rick. My Great Aunt taught another time travel one. I’m going to hit you so hard your grandchildren will feel it. Her husband would say “Better not let your alligator mouth outrun your coon dog behind.”

        Oh the Midwest in the 50’s…

  2. atridim says:

    Hi Staci,
    Thanks for helping take us back to the time when we were taught those great words of wisdom.
    Captain Rick

  3. Eva Harvey says:

    Had to laugh reading these took me back to a time long gone. Great times, Changes days thats for sure. xx

  4. atridim says:

    Well said. Thanks for your comment.

  5. atridim says:

    Thanks for your reblog.

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